Canadian Rural Innovation Summit



Day 1 // The Rural Entrepreneur

7:30 - 8:30

Registration & Refreshments

8:30 - 8:40

Welcome from QuinteVation & Honourable Todd Smith Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation & Trade

8:45 - 9:40

Session 1 // Reflecting on Rural: What is rural entrepreneurship? What are the defining factors that make rural Canada so different from urban areas? What are the benefits and challenges that we face growing our businesses from Start Up to Stand-out? Reflect on Rural with this panel of experts who will discuss the impact rural has on entrepreneurship.

9:45 - 10:40

Session 2 // Start it, Grow It: Whether your business is in Start Up phase or peaking at Growth Stage, there are a number of programs available to help you grow your business to new heights. Find out from this panel of experts how your rural enterprise can benefit from local, provincial and federal programs available to you. We will hear from Mary Doyle (Start Up Canada), Andrew Greer (Accelerate Okanogan), Cathy Ireland (RevUP) and Representation from (MaRS) on the programs that they each represent for all stages of your business.

10:40 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:55

Session 3 // Managing Growth: Is your business on the brink of major growth? Is expansion or a growth project in your horizon? Discuss with the Entrepreneurs-In-Residence (EIR’s) how to manage growth and grow your business in a responsible and successful way. This panel will feature professionals from Launch Lab and the Innovation Cluster, sharing their combined years of business acumen, tackling the common threads that make successful growth a reality.

12:00 - 1:00

Lunch: Provided by Boston Pizza

1:05 - 2:35

Fireside Chats Access to Capital, Building Your Business Plan, Meet the EIR’s, Marketing & Social Media, Legal Strategies, Technology: The
Future of Your Business

2:35 - 2:55


3:00 - 3:55

Session 4 // Bay of Quinte Success Stories: Hear from successful entrepreneurs from our very own region, who have started and grown their businesses. In this panel our speakers will engage with us about the challenges, highs and lows of building their businesses. Speakers include Michael Summers (Nesda Technologies), Kristin Crowe (Alarm Systems), Barb Tait (Electrolab Training Systems/SafeStart) and Catherine Langlois (Sandbanks Estate Winery).

4:00 - 4:45



Tradeshow Network & Chill

6:00 - 7:00

Local Makers Sampling // Join us for an evening of networking and sample the local culinary, wine, beer, and beverages from makers around the region. Featuring Food from Chef Matt DeMille, PEC Picnic, La Cultura Salumi, Agrarian, Outlet Food Co, Flossies Sandwich Parlour, Idle Wild and (more to come). Drinks by: Sandbanks Estate Winery, Huff Estate Winery, Casa Dea Estate Winery, Prince Eddy’s Brewery, Trail Estates Winery, & Spring Box Water (more to come).

Day 2 // Breaking Barriers

7:30 - 8:30

Registration & Refreshments

8:30 - 8:40

Keynote Welcome from Quintevation

8:45 - 10:00

Session 1 // Navigating your Government: This panel will provide entrepreneurs the opportunity to hear first hand how government at all levels are here to help grow and sustain their businesses. This panel of experts will also provide insight on the future of rural entrepreneurial strategies across Ontario.

10:05 - 11:00

Session 2 // The New Frontier of Farming: As innovation in farming grows, so too does the opportunity for rural entrepreneurs to explore new ways to build unique businesses in the Agri-tech industry. This discussion will focus on the innovation that is happening in the Bay of Quinte Region around farming such as wine, beer, marijuana, tech-farming, and fisheries.

11:05 - 11:25


11:30 - 12:30

Session 3 // Going Global: Building a business rurally, doesn’t need to limit you to rural markets. This panel of experts will discuss how they started local and grew global. Hear about the success stories and pitfalls of breaking into global markets and the programs in place that helped them do so.

12:35 - 1:35

Lunch: Provided by Barn & Country Catering

1:40 - 2:10

2:15 - 2:45


2:45 - 4:00

Fireside Chats Access to Capital, Navigating Your Government, Bay of Quinte Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Sales Strategies, How to Manage
a Remote Team, Innovation: Going Beyond Brainstorming

4:05 - 5:00

Session 4 // Municipal Success Stories: In this panel we’ll hear from a number of municipalities who were a key part of a rural entrepreneur success story. Hear how these municipalities helped an entrepreneur achieve their dream and what that success has meant to the municipality since.

5:00 - 5:30


5:30 - 5:45

Closing Remarks from QuinteVation

5:45 - 7:00

Network & Chill

Canadian Rural 
Innovation Summit


For more information and questions please contact Alyssa Engelsdorfer at or Rob Clute at